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Highway part of Nats’ plan to get Victoria back in business

Gippsland will be able to get on its feet faster under a plan from The Nationals to get Victoria back to work and back in business.


The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien, said with COVID-19 restrictions gradually being eased, the Andrews Labor Government must act swiftly to get Victorians back to work and back in business.


The Plan from The Nationals and Liberals details how the State Government can help Victorians secure their personal finances, rebuild local economies, build better communities and keep their families safe.


Mr O’Brien said it included investment in shovel-ready projects across the state, including the duplication of the Princes Highway between Traralgon and Sale.


“This is not a plan for the next election,” Mr O’Brien said. “Gippslanders and Victorians can’t afford to wait that long. This is our Plan for immediate action by the Andrews Labor Government so that Victoria can rebuild from the damage done by COVID-19 to our jobs, our communities and our lives.


“I’m pleased that my colleagues have recognised the need for the highway duplication to be completed and that it is ready to go.


“I understand machinery could be operating within a couple of months if state funding was made available to match the $132 million on the table from Darren Chester and the Commonwealth.”


The full plan from The Nationals and Liberals, Back to Work and Back in Business includes a number of positive policy initiatives that we’re encouraging the Andrews Labor Government to adopt, including:


  • Reintroducing the $160 million Country Roads and Bridges Program, as well as beginning key, shovel-ready projects like the Princes Highway duplication
  • A $200 million Regional Tourism Fund for help kickstart our regional visitor economy as restrictions are lifted
  • A $1 billion Bringing Manufacturing Home fund to help essential manufacturing return to Victoria
  • A one-off $1000 increase to the energy concession for households in 2020-21
  • Reducing elective surgery waiting lists


The Liberal Nationals’ bold plan provides positive suggestions that should be the key priorities for the State Government in the recovery phase.


Focusing on rebuilding local industries including manufacturing, tourism and shovel-ready local infrastructure will help to get Victorians back to work.


Cutting business taxes, charges and red tape will help Victorians to get back in business.


The full plan is available at



The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien, says the duplication of the Princes Highway is a shovel-ready project that should form part of Victoria’s economic fightback from COVID-19.

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